Respond Support Directors

The Board of Directors ensure that Respond SUPPORT Limited complies with the full requirements of Company Law, the legal responsibilities that all Company Directors are subject to and that best practice systems of control and accountability are maintained. Respond SUPPORT Directors 2016 include:


brian-swiftBrian Swift (Chairperson)
Brian Swift, Chairperson,  is a qualified solicitor, mediator and arbitrator with practical experience in probate, company law, litigation ( civil and criminal), family law, mediating, arbitration and conflict resolution. He is a graduate of  UCC, UCD, TCD and The Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. Brian also has a Certificate from Carlow IT in child development and attachment.  He has served on the board of An Bord Pleanala for ten years, serving on both  The Audit Committee and The Liaison Committee.  A former TD, Councillor and Mayor of Waterford,  he has served on  many state  bodies and boards including Waterford City and County Councils, South Eastern Health Board, County and City Infirmary, Waterford City VEC and Saint Paul’s Community College.



tom-dilleenTom Dilleen

Tom was formerly District Inspector of Taxes with the Revenue Commissioners for more than two decades in Waterford up to his retirement in 2002. Tom was the longest ever serving District Inspector of Taxes in Waterford and has more than forty years experience in the financial sector. Tom joined the Board of Respond!  in 2003.







Cathleen Callanan
Cathleen Callanan has a background in social work and social policy. Since the 1980s she has worked as a social worker, as a probation officer, and as a lecturer in social work and social policy: she also holds a qualification to teach social work. Cathleen has held a number of managerial posts in the voluntary and statutory sector such as, director of a voluntary adoption agency, and child care manager with the Health Service Executive (HSE). She was an area manager for the Health Information and Quality Authority from 2009 until 2014, when she left to establish a private consultancy for social service organisations. Cathleen holds a Masters in Social Service Administration and a Ph.D in social policy. She has had a long standing interest in the complexities of homelessness having been responsible for the young people out of home service while a child care manager with the HSE.


danette-connollyDanette Connolly
Danette Connolly has been in business since 1999. Over this time she ran a Nursing Agency for 10 years and her current businesses are Home Instead Senior Care and The NAS Centre. Danette first qualified as a nurse in New Zealand and then gained post graduate qualifications in Nurse Management and Nurse Education in Australia. Danette has had a long standing commitment to promoting health awareness in the business community and amongst those who care for seniors. At present she is Chairperson of Waterford Hospice Movement and on the Board of Waterford Chamber.




eddie-matthewsEddie Matthews
Eddie became a board member of Respond Support in August 2016. The majority of Eddie’s career was spent working in the Irish Health Service in various senior management positions until he retired in June 2011. Recent positions included: Manager for Acute General and Geriatric Hospitals in Kildare West Wicklow, Director of Services for Older Persons in the EHB and subsequently the Northern Area Health Board, Director of Services for Social Inclusion in the Northern Area Health Board and National Planning Specialist for Addiction and Homeless Services in the HSE. Eddie is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, the Chairperson of ALONE and Board member of Coolmine Therapeutic Community.  Eddie also works as a freelance consultant health and social care specialist working in the areas of social inclusion, older persons and other issues.



Brendan CumminsBrendan Cummins
Brendan Cummins was appointed to the Board in Jan 2017.  He is a seasoned industry executive with 40 years of industry and leadership experience.  Formerly, he was Chief Executive Officer of Ciba Inc., the major international chemicals company headquartered in Switzerland.   During his executive career he worked for many years at the Ciba-Geigy Group and then at Ciba Inc., which was formed in 1998 when Ciba-Geigy separated its chemical and pharmaceutical interests. He joined Ciba-Geigy in Ireland in the early 70’s and went on to hold many senior international positions in locations including Switzerland, China, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is currently a non-executive director of Ashland Inc., a global speciality chemical company quoted on the New York Stock Exchange where he is also a member of The Ashland Audit Committee and Chair of The Nominations and Governance Committee. Brendan also serves as a non executive Board Member of The Perstorp Group Headquartered in Sweden and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. In addition, he is the Senior Non executive Director of the Nanoco Group, Chairs that company’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of The Audit Committee. He is also a strategy advisor to several Irish enterprises.



Redmond O’DonoghueRedmond O’Donoghue (Company Secretary)

Redmond has a long association with Irish and international business, having worked for seventeen years, in various senior sales and marketing roles with the Ford Motor Company in Ireland, Britain, and Spain. On returning to Ireland in 1985, Redmond joined Waterford Crystal Ltd. as Sales and Marketing Director and later became Chief Executive Officer of the Waterford Wedgwood Group plc.

Redmond has served as Chair of Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology, Chair of Bord Fáilte, Fáilte Ireland, The Marketing Institute of Ireland, Good Food Ireland and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.   He has served as President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce and President of IBEC, in the South East. Additionally, he has served as a Director of Greencore Plc. and J Flahavan and Sons.  Redmond holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin and in 1988 completed the Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School.  Redmond joined the Board of Directors in October 2017.




Sean Ryan

Sean is an experienced and established businessman having successful established and developed, over 40 years, a successful retail book business in Waterford, Wexford and Kildare.

He was a founder and long serving board member of Waterford Social Services Centre in the 1960s which went on to employ the first Social Worker for Waterford City.  The founder and Chair of Waterford Kitui (Kenya) Partnership in Development, Sean served as an adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for international development for 6 years.  He has served as board member for St. Brigid’s Centre in Waterford City and has also served as Chair of the National Library Council.  He has a particular interest in Community Development. Sean joined the Board of Respond Support in October 2017.